Dear Commissioners,

Following are the comments I made in person today at the Commission meeting.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment today. My name is Ted Bosley. I am a resident of Pasadena (LA County) and I have owned a vacation home in the Alabama Hills above Lone Pine for eight years. I first came to Inyo County in 1962 as a child and have loved this country ever since. I have read the MOU between the County and the CEC, and I am concerned that the MOU will be read by potential developers as an open invitation to development projects that may be far from what we want as a County.

Like many others, I support the goal of identifying intelligent opportunities to develop renewable energy. I disagree with the assumption that utility-scale projects are the answer, particularly in Inyo.

I also support the County’s stated goal of protecting our environmental and cultural resources. I fear that the MOU will invite the moral hazard of overlooking those goals. In short, I fear that the County may be persuaded to part with major portions of its unique and irreplaceable history, culture, wildlife resources and scenic beauty in the quest for utility-scale renewable energy, and without adequate compensation to the County.

I do not agree that the areas identified as potential locations for renewable energy projects are appropriate, especially given the unknowns of development plans.

I believe it is essential for the citizens of Inyo to understand the County’s extent of obligation to provide energy to other counties. In other words, let’s not roll over and be the county that Sacramento (or Los Angeles for that matter) looks to for a disproportionate share of energy generation. We should not be seen as the county of low-hanging renewable-energy fruit.

Rooftop energy generation via PV panels can be sufficient to generate our state’s needs, especially in concert with conservation. At the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon last summer, colleges and universities from around the world competed to build the most efficient homes. The house designed by USC’s School of Architecture generated 140% of its needs, which included a plug-in electric car, and at an affordable cost.

In conclusion, I believe that Inyo County can and should stand for point-of-use generation, conservation and protection of its precious undeveloped and agricultural land.

Thank you for listening.

Edward R. Bosley
James N. Gamble Director
The Gamble House
University of Southern California School of Architecture
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, California USA 91103

email: bosley@usc.edu
Tel: 626-395-9742 (direct)
Tel: 626-793-3334, x 26 (messages)
Fax: 626-395-0904

 

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